What we learned: June 9, 2014

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Today's lessons include wrapping up the MLB draft, a roster move, and a first base candidate that's off the table.

This Weekend's Results

Pirates 15, Brewers 5

It was about as ugly of a game as it could have been. Kyle Lohse got rocked for eight runs in five innings, and Tyler Thornburg gave up five in an inning. The Brewers never really put together much of a threat in the game, managing five runs but trailing for the entire game.

Brewers 9, Pirates 3

The Brewers reversed their fortunes on Saturday. Matt Garza had a "quality" start, but only by definition as it was pretty ugly. It at least gave the offense a chance, and they took advantage by taking the lead in the fourth on a Lyle Overbay RBI single, and blew it open with a four run eighth inning.

Brewers 1, Pirates 0

Yovani Gallardo had been struggling as he entered this game, and Jeff Locke had just been rocked in Triple-A in his previous start. So, of course, the two put together a pitcher's duel in this game. Yovani Gallardo pitched seven scoreless innings, and Jeff Locke matched him, allowing only one run that the Brewers managed to manufacture. Jonathan Lucroy had 3 of the Brewers 4 hits, and scored that lone run. Aramis Ramirez had the RBI that drove him in.

The 2014 MLB First Year Player Draft concluded over the weekend.

The last two days of the draft were held on Friday and Saturday, adding 38 more players to the Brewers organization. There was plenty of coverage over the weekend, and we had some of it for you here on Brew Crew Ball. Back on Friday, Fred provided a detailed breakdown on the Brewers first three picks, looking at what to expect from each of them. The draft then continued Friday, with the Brewers making eight more picks. Noah put together quick profiles on three of those picks: Cy Sneed at #85Troy Stokes at #116, and Dustin DeMuth at #146. It finished up on Saturday as the Brewers made 30 more picks. However, Saturday also featured some more surprising news, as Monte Harrison agreed to a deal, and that was shortly followed up with Jacob Gatewood also agreeing to a deal. Moving fast on these is a good sign, as both can now be assigned to a minor league team and potentially get some work in over the summer. There's still plenty of picks left to sign now, but so far, it's looking good for the Brewers.

Tyler Thornburg went on the disabled list and Mike Fiers came up.

The Brewers made a roster move over the weekend, placing Tyler Thornburg on the 15-day disabled list and recalling Mike Fiers to fill his spot in the bullpen. Thornburg had been dealing with some right elbow soreness and had tried to pitch through it, but after his disaster appearance on Friday, it was clear that he needed a DL trip to recover. For now, it sounds like nothing serious and should be back soon, potentially as soon as the 15 days are up. Meanwhile, Mike Fiers was recalled from Nashville to fill the bullpen spot. This is his first time with the Brewers since his rough start to the 2013 season, and has been pitching very well for Nashville.

Kendrys Morales won't be a Brewer (for now).

After day 1 of the draft finished Thursday, Kendrys Morales was officially no longer under draft pick compensation and the market opened up for him. The Brewers were heavily linked to him, and Derek asked if the Brewers should sign him on Friday. However, by Saturday it was a moot point, as Kendrys Morales was off the market. His new team is the Twins, who surprised everyone by signing him to a 1-year deal. It's possible that Morales could be a Brewer somewhere in the future, but for now, he is off the table.

Cram Session

MLB Draft Coverage

Other Notes

Minor League Update

Team Level Record This Weekend Today
Nashville Sounds AAA 34-30 Friday: Nashville 1, Memphis 0
Saturday: Nashville 4, Memphis 3
Sunday: Memphis 9, Nashville 4
Reno @ Nashville
Huntsville Stars AA 40-23 Friday: Mobile 4, Huntsville 2
Sunday: Mobile 6, Huntsville 5
Sunday: Mobile 2, Huntsville 1
Mobile @ Huntsville
(Doubleheader)
Brevard County Manatees A+ 32-29 Friday: Bradenton 4, Brevard County 3
Sunday: Brevard County 5, Tampa 2
Tampa @ Brevard County
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers A 31-31 Friday: Wisconsin 12, Cedar Rapids 8
Sunday: Wisconsin 4, Clinton 1
Sunday: Wisconsin 8, Clinton 5
Wisconsin @ Clinton
DSL Brewers R 5-2 Friday: DSL Brewers 4, DSL Blue Jays 3
Saturday: DSL Brewers 7, DSL Phillies 3
DSL Brewers @ DSL Phillies

News & Notes

  • Tom Gorzelanny started on Friday for Nashville, pitching 2 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing only one hit and striking out one. He is scheduled for another appearance today, and assistant GM Gord Ash had some comments on his rehab stint.

Check out morineko's daily minor league update for a more in-depth look at yesterday's minor league results.

Division Update

Team W L GB
Brewers 38 26 -
Cardinals 33 31 5
Reds 29 32 7.5
Pirates 29 33 8
Cubs 25 35 11

Today's Division Games

  • Cubs (Edwin Jackson) @ Pirates (Charlie Morton) - 6:05 pm
  • Dodgers (Dan Haren) @ Reds (Tony Cingrani) - 6:10 pm
  • Cardinals have the day off.

Today's Action

The Brewers have the day off before starting a stretch of 20 straight days with games. That stretch will begin in New York against the Mets.

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